With supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, the governor’s mansion and every statewide constitutional office on the ballot, there isn’t much that California Democrats can’t get if they want it badly enough.
In the most recent legislative session the state’s ruling class voted to make California a sanctuary state, jacked up fuel and energy costs in the name of curbing global warming, and gutted the spirit of Megan’s Law by allowing convicted sex offenders to get their name off the required registration list.
They even approved a measure that would designate the Augustynolophus morrisi, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed California 66 million years ago, as the state’s official dinosaur.
No word yet if 79-year-old Gov. Jerry Brown will resist the impulse to designate himself and sign it.
In the midst of all this, and without much fanfare, the state Legislature passed a bill that could have a serious impact on the 2020 presidential race.
Last Friday, Sacramento lawmakers voted to change the state’s primary date from June to March, which would allocate California’s massive number of delegates just after the nation’s first contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
The theory behind the move is that the nominees of both parties will likely be chosen before our traditional June primary, and this is the only way to get candidates to pay attention to our concerns.
In expressing his support for the change, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CNN, “By having an earlier voice for candidates of all parties, for that matter, would make the candidates pay attention to issues that Californians care about, like health care access, like environmental protection, like diversity — not just talking immigration issues but workforce issues.”
The conventional spin is also that this would elevate the chances of a California Democrat winning the Democratic nomination, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Gov. Jerry Brown have all been rumored to be mulling presidential bids.
Heck, even Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, has been spending time raising money and campaigning for fellow Democrats in New Hampshire, which, of course, is home to the first-in-the-nation primary — although to be fair she has always spent a lot of time outside of her district, she doesn’t even live there.
But in their rush to get a California Democrat in the White House, I would warn Golden…